gape

[geyp, gap]
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verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.

noun


Origin of gape

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen
Related formsgap·ing·ly, adverbsub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing.un·gap·ing, adjective

Synonyms for gape

1. See gaze. 2, 3. yawn.
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Examples from the Web for gaped

Historical Examples of gaped

  • Hinde gaped at him, incapable of expressing himself with sufficient force.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • One shoe reclined in the southwest corner and the other gaped in the northeast.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He gaped at her vague, pearly face, as if she had suggested some enormity.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman

  • He returned no answer and gaped about him full of consternation and passion.

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

  • Bill Crane jumped from his horse, stretched his limbs, and gaped.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.


British Dictionary definitions for gaped

gape

verb (intr)

to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
to be or become wide openthe crater gaped under his feet

noun

the act of gaping
a wide opening; breach
the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
a stare or expression of astonishment
See also gapes

Word Origin for gape

C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe
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Word Origin and History for gaped

gape

v.

early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.

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